Problem with a valve

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by Gorhad, Jul 28, 2010.

  1. Gorhad

    Gorhad LawnSite Member
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    I installed a new timer and Solenoid for my neighbor. Here in Florida. Set it all up and the solenoid clicks in and out, but no water flow.

    OK the setup is reclaimed water, 1 solenoid screwed into a valve with a thumb wheel on it and a hex head plastic screw at the rear. Then theres a 4 port indexing valve of which only 3 ports are being used.

    Could it be the valve the solenoid screws into thats gone bad?

    Thanks
     
  2. This requires a FL irrigator to handle. You realize nobody else in the other 49 states uses indexing valves?
     
  3. To the top........
     
  4. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    Move it to the homeowners forum :)
     
  5. Gorhad

    Gorhad LawnSite Member
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    Appreciate what you are saying Wet Boots, but i am a lawn care company just trying to help out a neighbor/customer*trucewhiteflag*
     
  6. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    We see indexing valves, like never. If you can't fix a problem when you first encounter it, you have to consider handing it off to someone who can.
     
  7. Gorhad

    Gorhad LawnSite Member
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    your correct thanks
     
  8. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    Replacing a solenoid is no guarantee the valve is fixed. Valves can be operated manually, you know, without solenoids, by way of a bleed screw. If manual operation gets you no water flow, the solenoid valve might need a new diaphragm.
     
  9. jvanvliet

    jvanvliet LawnSite Gold Member
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    Send me a pics of the rig... I maintain a boat load of systems like yours but your description isn't clear to me.

    1. Reclaimed water ought to have nothing to do with it unless you don't have presure.

    2. I need to see the valve; usually it's an Irritrol with a gray housing, but in Melbourne who knows). The hex head plastic screw at the rear (if it's an irritrol) ought to be the bleeder valve. Turn this slowly to the left to open it. DON"T LET GO OF IT... if there is presure in the sytem you'll only need to back it out a couple of threads to hear the valve opening (there will be water). If you let go of the damn thing chances are it''ll blow off and you'll never find it... F_k_D:cry:.

    3. You may have the solenoid screwed down too tight. Turn the system to off; turn the solenoid until you hear the valve start to open (like rushing water) then back it off lightly until you hear the valve close.

    3. If none of that works, I need to see the pics. cause you may have a 110VAC controller, in which case you'll need a 110VAC coil; or visa versa, if there is a thumb screw on the coil, it's probably a 110VAC). Open the controller; remove anything hiding the wiring and take the pic & take pics of the valve also.

    FYI... re-claimed water... everything ought to be marked PURPLE (my wife says pink ut I stand correctec before the board of pro's)
     
  10. jvanvliet

    jvanvliet LawnSite Gold Member
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    Quickly... make sure the cam for the indexing valve is for three zones;

    Directly in front of (opposite) the inlet is port zone one then rotating clockwise two, three and there should be an X where #4 ought to be... that is if it's a FIMCO.
     

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